GUFC Inducted into 2013 Class of The Home Depot Foundation’s Building Community Network
On November 19, the Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) attended The Home Depot Foundation and Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ annual Building Community Network Kick-Off Luncheon, held at Piedmont Park, where GUFC was inducted into the Building Community Network Class of 2013. GUFC was one of 20 Atlanta-area nonprofit organizations invited to join this year. At the end of the day, GUFC also received a surprise $20,000 donation from The Home Depot Foundation!
As part of Class of 2013, GUFC joins nearly 150 alumni that participated in prior years and will have the opportunity to build partnerships with these organizations to build a stronger Atlanta.
“Atlanta is a strong, vibrant community because of the nonprofit organizations that dedicate their work to improving the city and lives of its residents,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “It takes great vision and a lot of hard work to create and sustain innovative, impactful programs, and we thank our 2013 Class for the meaningful impact they are making on our community. We hope their participation will foster new relationships that will enhance their work and welcome them to the Building Community Network family.”
The Home Depot was founded in Atlanta in 1979. With 60 stores and almost 20,000 associates who live and work in Metro Atlanta, The Home Depot Foundation works daily to make a positive impact on its hometown through strategic grant making and numerous volunteer activities. Over the last six years, The Home Depot Foundation has donated more than $35 Million to 1,000 Atlanta nonprofit organizations.
Seeking ISA arborist certification? GUFC can help you prepare for the exam.
Constulting Arborist and Instructor Jerry Holcomb
The Georgia Urban Forest Council and the Georgia Forestry Commission will present a two-day ISA arborist certification review course January 14 and 15 at the John W. Stevens Wetlands Educational Center, 240 Cedar St, Richmond Hill, Georgia 31324. Instructor and certified arborist Jerry Holcomb will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and demonstrations.
Registration Fee: $100 GUFC members; $115 non-members
Lunch and refreshments provided on both days.
Attendees should read through the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide to prepare for the review and the exam. An ISA Certified Arborist exam will be scheduled approximately one month after the review course. Attendees will be responsible for completing their own application for the exam.
The Arborist Certification Study Guide is available at www.isa-arbor.org and www.amazon.com.
The Georgia Forestry Commission is offering scholarships to cover the cost of registration for the two-day ISA arborist certification review course. The scholarship is being offered to tree board members and tree care workers employed by a city, county, school or university who are not ISA Certified Arborists. Click here to download an application.
2013 GUFC Annual Conference in Columbus
The Treeman speaks at the annual conference’s evening reception, raising funds for Georgia ReLeaf.
104 people attended Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Annual Conference October 23 and 24 at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center, with an additional 25 at the awards luncheon. Conference sessions focused on “Tree Canopy and Green Infrastructure: Creating Vibrant and Healthy Communities.” Our many outstanding speakers included the Green Infrastructure Center’s Karen Firehock, Kansas City planner Mike Beezhold, Oklahoma Community Forester Mark Bays, Natural Path Urban Forestry Consulting’s Mark Duntemann, Auburn University’s Dr. Graeme Lockaby, and many others, all of whom presented engaging and educational talks. Attendees also had the chance to tour Columbus’ Riverfront Project, get a lively tour of noted Columbus trees, or take a bus tour to view Columbus State University’s master plan and tree plantings. The Wednesday evening reception raised funds for GUFC’s Georgia ReLeaf program, which provides tree planting funds for communities that have lost trees to storms. Thursday’s awards luncheon honored individuals and organizations that have made impressive contributions to Georgia’s urban forests. A post-conference river raft ride rounded out the activities. Many thanks to speakers, sponsors, and attendees for a job well-done!
Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning
Trees are an important part of our community’s infrastructure. They provide us with many valuable and irreplaceable environmental, economic, and social benefits. But, during a storm, our trees are also at risk and can cause significant damage not only to infrastructure but also to personal property.
Georgia Forestry Commission recently held three workshops in Gainesville, Marietta and Mansfield to help communities develop a personalized Community Forest Storm Mitigation Plan that focuses specifically on trees and ways to avoid or mitigate the damage they cause during a storm or other catastrophic event. Community Forest Storm Mitigation plans serve as a guide for assessing current storm readiness, for creating a summary of your community’s current forest management program and as a storm mitigation checklist. Presentations from the workshops are available and Georgia Forestry Commission staff are available to assist your community.
A Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning Workbook and Template are available at this link: http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/community-forests/management/trees-storm-safety/
PowerPoint presentations are available here: http://www.gufc.org/resources/presentations/
Please contact the Georgia Forestry Commission Sustainable Community Forestry Program staff if you need any assistance with your plan.